Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing at QCF level 3


The QCF Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing has been designed in response to the needs of industry. It allows learners to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of the materials, tools and techniques required to work as a jewellery or silverware manufacturer.

The Qualification is aimed at learners who already have basic skills and knowledge in jewellery making and design drawing, who may wish to work in the jewellery manufacturing industry as a designer, jobbing jeweller, goldsmith or trade specialist in silverware manufacturing.

The Qualification covers areas such as maintaining and preparing the workshop; producing precious metal objects from detailed drawings and specifications; marking out and measuring materials for the manufacture of precious metal objects; using mechanical methods to join precious metal components; producing tools and jigs, and applying concepts of metallurgy for use in the manufacture of precious metal objects.  The two pathways of Jewellery Manufacture and Silversmithing within the Qualification also provide learners with an opportunity to develop more complex production and design techniques in the specialised areas  eg in Silversmithing: produce spun silverware components; produce chased items for precious metal objects; form complex silverware components and in Jewellery Manufacture: polishing and finishing jewellery components to a commercial standard; join jewellery components by soldering.

Achievement of this Qualification will provide learners with a high level understanding and proficiency in all stages of the jewellery and silverware manufacturing process whilst ensuring that learners can also work independently, with confidence and consistency.

This qualification is designed to be assessed in the workplace, or in conditions of the workplace. It is available through approved SQA centres.

Who does this qualification suit

The QCF Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacture  is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • those progressing from the QCF Level 2 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing  
  • individuals who already have basic skills and knowledge in jewellery making and design drawing
  • adult returners to education
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects by gaining a recognised qualification
  • individuals who wish to start their own business


This Diploma is a mandatory component in the Level 3 Jewellery Apprenticeship. 


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre.


Learners who successfully achieve the Level 3 Jewellery Manufacturing CAD/CAM Qualification  can progress to:

  • a wide range of Level 4 qualifications including the following jewellery-specific qualifications:
    • Level 4 Diploma in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing
    • Level 4 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing CAD/CAM
    • Level 4 Diploma in Jewellery Allied Trades
  • Employment in a range of job roles including:
    • Silversmith PathwaySilversmith, Smallworker, Modelmaker, Silver Spinner, Chaser
    • Jewellery Manufacture Pathway – Manufacturing Jeweller; Diamond Mounter; Precious Metal Caster; Patternmaker.


Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the Unit.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

The QCF Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing

requires a minimum total of 81 credits; 41 credits from the six Mandatory Core Units plus the remaining 40 credits from one Pathway (ie either Silversmithing or Jewellery Manufacture)

SQA Group Award Code: GJ4V 57
Ofqual Code: 601/3128/7

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure document.

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's secure website. These are available from your centre's SQA Co-ordinator. For further information, please contact

Assessment Strategy

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